National Alliance on Mental Illness
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What benefits are available to those suffering from serious mental illness?
Answer. The benefits depend upon degree of disability. Those that are simply unable to work, can receive full benefits under the Federal Social Security program. http://www.ssa.gov/disability
Answer. Medi-Cal is
Answer. Generally, you are eligible for Medicare if you or your spouse worked for at least 10 years in Medicare-covered employment and you are 65 years old and a citizen or permanent resident of the
Answer. Medicaid is a jointly-funded, Federal-State health insurance program for certain low-income and needy people. It covers approximately 36 million individuals including children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled, and people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments. http://cms.hhs.gov/medicaid/
How do I apply for SSI?
To apply for SSI benefits, you must contact the Social Security Administration to make an appointment. The phone number is 1-800-772-1213 (TTY phone connection at 1-800-325-0778); it is confidential and has 24-hour automated service. Applicants must file a claim by phone or in person at a local social security office. Representatives are available to help with the application process.
Effective January 2004, the SSI payment for an eligible individual is $564 per month and $846 per month for an eligible couple.
To qualify for SSI, the applicant must have little or no income and few resources. This means that the value of the things you own must be less than $2,000 if you are single or less than $3,000 if you are married. The value of your home, car, and many other resources does not count.
More information is available by clicking here.
Who can help me if I have been turned down for SSI?*
www.healthconsumer.org (see the Web site for toll-free phone numbers listed by county)
www.nilc.org (see the Web site for toll-free phone numbers)
Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (legal services for people with disabilities)
Directory of California Legal Services (hosted on Public Interest Clearinghouse Web site) www.pic.org/resx/direclsp.htm
*This information originally provided on the